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    This year, M-Con (previously MosaiCon) 2017 is on the 16th and 17th of September.

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    Info for this year can be found here: M-Con.ca/

    Last year's event: MosaiCon - Wings of Glory Appearance (2016)

    No schedule up yet, but I'm organizing an appearance.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    The 17th of September is the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

    Now is the time to slap a Very Big Hypocrite sign on my back.

    I am arranging for several WGF scenarios over the two days, and had planned to shun WGS. With more players, and potential converts in the Nanaimo area, the fact that I don't want to promote the game doesn't mean other can't do it in my place.

    I have been collecting Wings of War Battle of Britain planes to near exclusion of everything in the Wings WWII realm. I have been promoting the Wings game for five years, and I now have several people on the island and the lower mainland that play this game. Enough, actually, to have a really good shot at a one-for-one re-enactment of Adler Tag! Well, that's a bit of an exageration. However, I am certain that even my local group of players could literally fill the table with planes.

    So, I am putting a call out to all Wings of Glory/War players in BC to come and swarm the table. Can you bring minis? If not, there will be plenty of planes to fly, even if only my planes are available. I can see participants each flying schwarms of Bf-109s and Vics of RAF planes, not just single planes.

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Ares has given me permission to demo Tripods & Triplanes at M-Con. And in the not too distant future, there will be an official announcement on the game.

    So, Saturday afternoon, the tripods will be menacing Nanaimo.

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Can't wait for the pictures Mike. Hope all goes well with your weekend.

    Neil
    See you on the Dark Side......

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    It seems like the weekend will look a bit like this:

    Saturday, 16th Sep:
    10:00 - 13:00 WoG WWI Snoopy vs the Red Baron: Sopwith Camels against Fokker Dr.1s

    14:00 - 17:00 WoG Tripods & Triplanes Demo Game. In anticipation of the soon-to-be-released game, players will have a chance to test-drive the rules.

    Sunday, 17th Sep:
    10:00 - 13:00 WoG WWI Dogfight Challenge: Head-to-Head combat with the same planes.

    14:00 - 17:00 WoG WWII Alder Tag: Hosted by Kelsey Watts, another Comox WoG Fan, with every BoB plane in the Comox Valley on the table (over 20 minis!).
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    Mini List so far:
    6 Hurricanes
    9 Spitfires
    10+ Bf.109s
    3 He.111s
    3 Ju.87s
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    That looks like an exciting programme. May I wish you all every success.

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    Got to get these done, the Con is only days away!

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Good luck, Mike.
    Hope you get a good turnout.


    P.S. It's interesting that it's Tripods and Triplanes but all the planes in the pic are biplanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
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    P.S. It's interesting that it's Tripods and Triplanes but all the planes in the pic are biplanes.
    Yeah. About that...

    The designers went with the alliteration thingey. So, I do have a bunch of triplanes, but the RNAS ones are mostly single-gunned planes. Anyway, there will be SPAD XIIs with 37mm cannons, and now Russian planes with anchors(?). Yup. The designers have adde in anchors and cables, to trip up the tripods. Should be mass mayhem at the demo games.

    PS: I did up the image by borrowing the Burning Drachens box art and pasting in the tripod getting blasted by rockets.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post

    PS: I did up the image by borrowing the Burning Drachens box art and pasting in the tripod getting blasted by rockets.
    And a great job you did. too!


    Really looking forward to pics from this one.

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    Great imagery. Hope all goes well Mike.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    What they all said!

    You deserve a great turnout and game con for all the effort you have put in!

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    8 hours and counting...

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Good luck today and tomorrow, Mike - your games are sure to be hits! Sorry I'm late to this thread; somehow I overlooked it. I look forward to the T&T pictures and AAR, and I am looking forward to whatever 'coming announcement' heralds the game may 'soon' be upon us

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Just smile, show your passion for game and aviation history and it must be a success! Crossing fingers from South Yorkshire Air Museum (just received 14x A and 8x B chits during the very fir t fire of SoG and have plenty of time for support )


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    The organizers didn't use any of the images I sent to advertise the games, not on their website nor the hand-outs at the door. There was nothing on the website schedule, such as it was, for any of the board games, nor even the fact that board games would be available or demo'd. And, the hand-outs at the door? Well, they were non-existent, too. There were a few staff that had schedules that they would show people who asked about events, and Wings of Glory wasn't anywhere to be seen on it.

    I did have a choice of locations, and I picked this:

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    I had a few people come by to ask questions, and I showed them the mechanics, but not many takers. Shane [Skyguy001] and his step-son, Matt showed up, and with Nikolas, another local Comox WoG player, we did a two-on-two duel. Snoopy was flying the armored doghouse this time, taking only 6 damage in ten cards.

    Very late in the afternoon, Nikolas convinced me to start playing Tripods & Triplanes, swapping out the Sopwith Camels for Triplanes, so it was Fokker Dr.1s and Sopwith Triplanes (with rockets) against one Mk I Tripod. We were joined for a few turns by two young lads, Loki Kinch and his friend Alex M.

    Not much damage despite a perfectly lined up short ranged rocket hit on the unshielded side of the tripod that did '0' damage. However, there were a few shots into that unarmoured side, and I ended up with two engine hits.
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    That imobilized the tripod, so it was pretty much the end of the game.

    Throughout the day, when pointing out the display and the game(s), and mentioning that there would be more on Sunday, I got the, 'Oh! If I'd known that...' responses. I did get some enthusiasm from a few that wanted to join in on the Adler Tag scenario, so I should actually be able to give out a few of these:

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    We'll see how it goes tomorrow...
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Sorry it seems the con organizers dropped the ball with schedules and promos, Mike - looks like you're making the best of a less-than-ideal situation

    As always, your personalized cards are amazing. Hope your gaming today is more attended than yesterday's.

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Maybe it was Sunday morning, or the lack of advertizing, but Sunday morning was a bust for gaming. And I just managed not to get edited out of the Treasure Hunt by co-incidence. The Treasure Hunt required convention goers to come to my booth for a stamp, so I got to explain the gamre to people who would not normally even stop by.

    So. Nikolas and I did some rules discusions on our Tripods & Triplanes game we played Saturday, and then set up for Battle of Britain.

    Sorry, but my cat just forced his way into my arms. I'll come back tomorrow and edit this with both hands...

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
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    Sorry, but my cat just forced his way into my arms. I'll come back tomorrow and edit this with both hands...
    I have my arms back...

    The table was set up with a kette of He.111s, and three rotte of Bf-109s on the Luftwaffe side, and two vics of Hurricanes, supported by two Spitfires on the RAF side. From the top, Kelsey with the hat was the host for this game, and ran the targets across the map. Clockwise: Jack Coffield in the plaid shirt, flying a rotte of Bf-109s to deadly effect; Clayton Finnigan in black, with another rotte; August W in red, flying another rotte; Rose Laidlaw in green, returning from last year, flying Hurricanes from No. 1 Sqn (RCAF). Not shown was Nikolas Langlands flying No. 46 Sqn Hurricanes, and Katie Bicknell, who came in a bit later to command the Spitfire vic. (Katie was a return from last year, and can be seen winning a WWI Duel Pack here: MosaiCon - Wings of Glory Appearance
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    Camo works. This is a shot of the first contact, with No. 1 Sqn Hurricanes taking a frontal assault on the bombers, with the Bf-109s coming in from both sides.
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    Almost the end, with the remaining bomber almost off the map. A few RAF planes are down, and the Bf-109s are barely scratched. However, by this point, the RAF has put over 75 points of damage on the bombers, enough to put down, at least, four Bf-109s.
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    The last bomber goes down under the continuous and combined fire power of the Hurricanes. Nikolas tailed the last bomber for three consecutive turns, pumping rounds into it. We were joking that the plane should have been forced to play stalls every second maneuver, it was accumulating so much lead. The noob host forgot to add in the following fire rule, so the extra 'A' chit damage was not added into anyone's shots, or this would have ended sooner and badly for both the bomber and Nikolas. This is a shot of the debri field, with all the downed planes strewn across the map.
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    Another shot of the debri field.
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    This was another successful game, and many thanks to Kelsey, and Nikolas, for running this game. It was the highlight of the weekend, as I suspected and intended. Too bad a spam filter prevented the Battle of Britain Starter Set from getting to Curious Comics in time to be available for a prize.

    All in all, more exposure for Wings of Glory, so I am happy. I am gathering a team to do future appearances, so that is even better.

    Again, lots of praise to Kelsey, Nikolas, and the M-Con team for making this a good outing!
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Oh!

    There will be a Curious Comics Mega Board Game event in October at the Country Club Centre in Nanaimo, that might include that belated Starter Set. I will post anything that results from that event, too.

    We also received an invite to host games at TsukinoCon in Victoria from their organizers (Link: TsukinoCon). That will depend on others, and I put a shout-out to the Victoria Forum Members to pick this up!
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Many thanks to you and your team, Mike, for all your efforts. You did your best but were let down by others.

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    That's a real shame Mike after all your efforts - better luck next time out.

    "He is wise who watches"



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